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Southampton Joint Formulary

Welcome to the Southampton Joint Medicines Formulary

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 Covid-19 Resources

NHS England and NHS Improvement: COVID-19 Vaccination Programme 

Links to guidance for hospitals and primary care; equipment and consumables provision and supply, and vaccination information from other organisations


MHRA Guidance on COVID-19

Links to information and guidance on regulatory flexibilities, clinical trials, vaccines and vaccines safety, medicines and medical devices and COVID-19, and medical alerts related to COVID-19

NICE Covid-19 Hub

Bringing together guidance, resources and other information that may help you.

Specialist Pharmacy Service Medicines Guidance Summaries

Summarises and signposts to medicine related guidance from professional and government bodies 

Public Health England COVID-19 Chapter: the green book

Provides information on COVID-19 vaccines (dosage and schedule, recommendations for use etc)

Specialist Pharmacy Service: COVID-19 Vaccines

Provides general information and answers to questions about all UK approved COVID-19 vaccines

MHRA Information on the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine

MHRA Information on the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

MHRA Information on the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

British Medical Journal (BMJ) Covid-19 Hub includes links to guidance

UHS COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Staff (UHS staff only)  UHS COVID-19 Policies and Guidance (UHS staff only)


News Feed

July 2021: Chloramphenicol eye drops containing borax or boric acid buffers: use in children younger than 2 years - GOV.UK (

Following a review of the available toxicological data and a calculation of daily exposure to boron from a typical dosing regimen, we have concluded that the balance between the benefits and risks of chloramphenicol eye drops containing borax or boric acid remains positive for children aged 0 to 2 years. Chloramphenicol eye drops can be safely administered to children aged 0 to 2 years where antibiotic eye drop treatment is indicated.

June 2021: Cumulative update list Southampton Medicines Formulary 

April 2021: HSIOW CCG  Primary Care Oral Nutritional Supplement and Gluten Free Product formulary has been updated. Click here to see.

Mar 2021: Joint guidance from the Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS), Society for Endocrinology and the British Association of Dermatology "Exogenous steroids: adrenal insufficiency and adrenal crisis- who is at risk and how should they be managed safely" published to support implementation of the National Patient Safety Alert re: introduction of a new Steroid Emergency Card. Further information and guidance on adrenal crisis, including links to the new card are available on the Society for Endocrinology website

Sept 2020: Home Office circular: cannabis-based medicine, Epidyolex, is to be placed in Schedule 5 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.

April 2020: A joint letter from the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers and NHS England and Improvement’s’ National Medical Director to every NHS Trust in the country asks that all efforts are made to enrol patients into nationally prioritised clinical trials on COVID-19, and strongly discourages using off-licence treatments outside of a trial. Full letter here.

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The NHS in and around Southampton and West Hampshire reviews the use of medicines through the Basingstoke, Southampton and Winchester District Prescribing Committee (DPC). The main aim of the DPC is to ensure that there is a consistent approach to prescribing the most safe, efficacious and cost effective medicines across the local healthcare community. The Southampton Joint Medicines Formulary follows recommendations from the DPC, and is for use by all primary and secondary care prescribers within Southampton (See 'about’).

This formulary provides a list of medicines available for routine prescribing or those available within certain criteria. Unless otherwise stated, the medicines selected are recommended as first choice, particularly for new patients. Those patients stabilised on other therapies may be switched to a formulary drug if and when clinically appropriate. 


   Last updated: 23/07/2021 16:24:53..
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